RARA-AVIS: RARA-AVIS Digest V2 #756 (Martin Cruz Smith)

Reed Andrus (randrus@home.com)
Sun, 16 May 1999 08:20:23 -0700 > Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: Martin Cruz Smith
> Reed, friends,
> I read the Gypsys book some 25 or so years ago and, unless my memory betrays
> me, Roman Grey was dead at the end of the second.
> As I do not have them on hand, will someone else please correct or confirm?
> Enrique Bird

Hi Enrique!

I read them at about the same time, maybe earlier. You could be right
about the death of Grey. I seem to recall he had faked his death in
order to avoid retaliation of some sort. But again, this is dredging up
mnemonic information with serious gaps in it.

Going back to Bill Crider's comments: I would think that Smith's Arkady
Renko series qualifies for hardboiled discussion and/or reading list.

Regarding historical noir: Thinking about other additions to the list
along with Smith's Rose, and Carr's The Alienist and Angel of Darkness.
I'm currently reading Frederick Busch's The Night Inspector, wondering
if it fits into any genre but "litra-choor." Noir to its bones, but a
storyline that may or may not fit -- since it's literary, it's
confusing. If Terrill Lankford is lurking, he ought to know that Busch's
protagonist could be Bob Lee Swagger's great-grandpa. Nihilism is

... Reed
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